'Smallville' actress Allison Mack charged with sex trafficking

Kelvin Reese
April 21, 2018

Actress Allison Mack, best known for her role as Clark Kent's clever confidant Chloe on CW's "Smallville", was indicted on Friday on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy, according to a statement released by the Justice Department.

Mack and Raniere's arrests follow a report from the New York Times published last Fall with accounts of former members who said women were extorted into having sex and were branded with his initials on their hips.

The Smallville star, 35, was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy.

The Guardian states she is said to have acted as a key recruiter for the group - alongside the "leader", Keith Raniere. "The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit".

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard P. Donoghue and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced the charges.

According to the publication, the group was marketed as a "self-help group", with Raniere allegedly blackmailing women into becoming sex slaves.

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Prosecutors say she helped recruit sex slaves for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM (NEX'-ee-um). The women were allegedly naked and required to be appear on film while they were branded.

When word got out that the Feds were investigating the organization, "high-ranking members ... undertook efforts to undermine potential witnesses, including by registering domain names such as [Witness Name] exposed.com, with the intention of publishing damaging information regarding those witnesses", prosecutors wrote in court papers Friday.

Following Raniere's arrest, Mack's longtime co-star Kristin Kreuk felt compelled to issue a statement clarifying that she had nothing to do with the organization, despite rumors to the contrary. It was unclear who her attorney is.

An earlier criminal complaint alleges that women were expected to have sex with Raniere and do menial chores for masters.

If convicted of the charges, Mack and Raniere each face a minimum of 15 years and up to life in prison.

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